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Scarborough Set For Festival Atmosphere to Celebrate Stage One of Tour de Yorkshire

Strictly Cycling Bicycle Ballet Company © Raysto Images

A day of festivities, including a spectacular bicycle ballet, a lifelike animatronic dinosaur and an international class racing powerboat will mark the ending of Stage 1 of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough.

The three-stage cycle race, from 1 to 3 May, will feature international names such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel, who won last year’s hugely successful Grand Départ stage of the Tour de France in the county.

Stage 1, on Friday 1 May, starts in Bridlington at midday, heads over the North York Moors to Whitby, then comes down the coast to finish on Scarborough’s North Bay between 4pm and 4.30pm.

But celebrations in the town will kick off in the morning, with a fairground organ playing at the finish line on the Royal Albert Drive from 9.30am.

Bicycle Ballet’s strolling/cycling promenade-style Strictly Cycling, an exciting ‘cycle-about’ show performed by professional dancers, combines improvisation, choreography and visual performance to play with the everyday experience of riding a bike, adding a hint of the surreal and comical. It can be seen outside the Rotunda at 11am, and on the North Bay at 12.30pm and 2pm.

And T-Rex, a terrifyingly lifelike dinosaur, will be scaring the crowds outside the Rotunda Museum in the afternoon (2.45pm and 3.45pm).

All-day events include a fan park at the Open Air Theatre, with a big screen showing cycling films, and the race live from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and craft and food stalls.

And powerboat racing fans will be able to grab a preview of the Dale Power Solutions P1 Powerboat Grand Prix of the Sea, which takes place in Scarborough on 30 and 31 May, with a powerboat cruising the town’s bay all day.

Other events include:

11am-noon: Friarage School Choir welcoming visitors off the trains at Scarborough Railway Station.

11am-3pm: Music in the town centre (end of Aberdeen Walk), including the Ramshackle Shantymen, Sax on the Beach and the Skyliner Swing Band.

11am-4pm: ‘Pit stop’ book sale at Scarborough Library.

11am-4pm: music from Yorkshire Coast College on the seafront (outside the Futurist, Aquarium Top, and bottom of the St Nicholas Gardens).

11am to late afternoon: live music on an open-topped bus travelling from the South to the North Bay, then parked outside Blue Crush in the afternoon, including Scarborough College Choir, and Sax on the Beach.

Noon-4.30pm: various activities at the Rotunda Museum, including Strictly Cycling at 11am, a cycling sculpture from Graham Anderton, the chance to see a vintage boneshaker and penny farthing, and T-Rex at 2.45pm and 3.45pm.

1-2pm: inclusive cycling – a procession of adapted bikes on the Marine Drive (near Hairy Bob’s Cave).

Evening: Pop-up cinema party at Scarborough Castle: The Hunger Games (12A), doors open 7pm, entertainment from 7.30pm, film starts at dusk (approx 9pm).

Other events include local schools taking part in British Cycling events organised and championed by Richardson’s Cycle Club, Scarborough.

Up to 60 children each from primary schools along the route of Stage 1 – Hunmanby, East Ayton, Hackness and Seamer – will ride timed courses in the morning for fun and to help develop cycling skills. School children and teachers will then go out later in the day to line the route and cheer on the official riders.

At 5.30pm, there is a special ‘Go Ride’ off-road style event for children (under-8s and under-16s) and adult ladies at Oliver’s Mount. All abilities welcome: people must bring their own bikes (cyclo-cross bikes or mountain bikes are fine). The course is on grass with an obstacle or two. Entry fee is £4 per person.

Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire’s area director for North Yorkshire, said:
"The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire promises to be a remarkable event for the whole county, and we’re thrilled that Stage 1 is going to end in our beautiful town. We’d encourage everyone to come along and support the Tour, and the events around it – it’ll be a day to remember!"
Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire, on 2 May, takes the riders from Selby to York, while Stage 3, on 3 May, sees them ride between Wakefield and Leeds.

For more information on the Tour de Yorkshire:

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